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6. Meditate on Scripture.
Some of my very favorites include:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8).
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (Psalm 103:8)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
7. If one or more individuals have precipitated the hurt which led to the anger, go through the process of forgiving them.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)
8. Refuse the temptation to get even, and refrain from plotting revenge.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
9. Sometimes, we come out ahead if we simply ignore the attack.
“A man's wisdom gives him patience;
it is to his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11).
The Academy Award-winning movie Forrest Gump has been viewed by millions. Most people remember the line, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” but there is another line worth noting.
In this particular scene, one of the central characters, Jenny, returns to her old dilapidated and abandoned home after her father has died.
As she reflects on the sexual abuse that she endured from her dad as a child, she is overcome by rage and begins throwing rocks at the house where she grew. The scene escalates as we watch her rapidly reaching for rocks and then violently throwing them at the house.
Jenny finally falls to the ground in exhaustion and the scene closes with Forrest Gump sympathizing, “Sometimes there just aren’t enough rocks.”
Many of us struggle with anger. It can stem from a variety of reasons, and some anger seems justifiable.
Yet, unresolved anger leaves us reaching and crying out for more rocks.
The rage is never satisfied, and contentment is never found. Through the power of Christ, we can find the strength to lay down the rocks of anger rather than needing to reach for more.
Well, Scott, I hope this is helpful in handling your anger.
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